Austria Moto3: Mir scores maiden win from Binder, Navarro crashes

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Austria Moto3: Mir scores maiden win from Binder, Navarro crashes
David Gruz
By: David Gruz
Aug 14, 2016, 9:54 AM

Joan Mir emerged victorious in a five-way fight for the Moto3 win at Spielberg, passing Brad Binder and Enea Bastianini on the last lap to take his first ever Grand Prix victory.

Joan Mir, Leopard Racing
Joan Mir, Leopard Racing
Joan Mir, Leopard Racing
Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Ajo
Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Ajo
Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing and John McPhee, Peugeot MC Saxoprint
Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing Team Moto3

Starting from pole, Mir was in the front group throughout the entire race, and was a late leader.

The front-row starting trio of Mir, Binder and Bastianini quickly pulled a gap on the rest of the grid after the start, taking turns in leading.

However, the constant scrapping allowed first Fabio Quartararo and then several others to catch up with.

Following the opening couple of laps, Binder managed to stay in the lead for a longer period, recovering from being overtaken in the first half of the circuit by counter-attacking later on.

After eventually falling behind Quartararo, he retook the lead a lap later and, taking advantage of a four-way fight for second, he managed to stay there for most of the race.

However, he came under pressure as the final stages of the race kicked off, and after being passed by Leopard duo Mir and Quartararo, he ran slightly wide at Schlossgold and lost two further spots.

Mir held on to the lead for most of the race and, even though he was passed by Bastianini and Binder on the last lap, he fought back at Schlossgold to secure the win.

Binder finished second, extending his championship lead over the non-scoring Jorge Navarro - who crashed out at Remus with five laps remaining  - and the absent Romano Fenati by 20 points.

Bastianini completed the podium, edging out Quartararo by 0.008s with Oettl settling for fifth.

Both Mahindra's Jorge Martin and Ajo KTM's Bo Bendsneyder took their best Moto3 results in sixth and seventh respectively.

Italian Fabio Di Giannantonio and Nicolo Bulega finished eighth and ninth as Livio Loi, sixth until the penultimate lap, completed the top 10.

Race results

Cla#DriverBikeLapsTimeGapIntervalRetirementPoints
1 36  Joan Mir  KTM 23 37'23.325       25
2 41  Brad Binder  KTM 23 37'23.604 0.279 0.279   20
3 33  Enea Bastianini  Honda 23 37'23.756 0.431 0.152   16
4 20  Fabio Quartararo  KTM 23 37'23.764 0.439 0.008   13
5 65  Philipp Ottl  KTM 23 37'23.925 0.600 0.161   11
6 88  Jorge Martin  Mahindra 23 37'27.459 4.134 3.534   10
7 64  Bo Bendsneyder  KTM 23 37'27.486 4.161 0.027   9
8 4  Fabio Di Giannantonio  Honda 23 37'28.295 4.970 0.809   8
9 8  Nicolo Bulega  KTM 23 37'28.297 4.972 0.002   7
10 11  Livio Loi  Honda 23 37'28.587 5.262 0.290   6
11 21  Francesco Bagnaia  Mahindra 23 37'28.740 5.415 0.153   5
12 58  Juan Francisco Guevara  KTM 23 37'29.196 5.871 0.456   4
13 55  Andrea Locatelli  KTM 23 37'29.230 5.905 0.034   3
14 6  Maria Herrera  KTM 23 37'36.100 12.775 6.870   2
15 76  Hiroki Ono  Honda 23 37'36.164 12.839 0.064   1
16 95  Jules Danilo  Honda 23 37'36.267 12.942 0.103    
17 40  Darryn Binder  Mahindra 23 37'37.415 14.090 1.148    
18 23  Niccolo Antonelli  Honda 23 37'37.731 14.406 0.316    
19 84  Jakub Kornfeil  Honda 23 37'37.842 14.517 0.111    
20 62  Stefano Manzi  Mahindra 23 37'37.870 14.545 0.028    
21 44  Aron Canet  Honda 23 37'37.988 14.663 0.118    
22 12  Albert Arenas  Peugeot 23 37'40.457 17.132 2.469    
23 7  Adam Norrodin  Honda 23 37'40.768 17.443 0.311    
24 17  John McPhee  Peugeot 23 37'51.631 28.306 10.863    
25 16  Andrea Migno  KTM 23 37'51.730 28.405 0.099    
26 42  Marcos Ramirez  Mahindra 23 38'03.538 40.213 11.808    
27 89  Khairul Idham Pawi  Honda 23 38'03.686 40.361 0.148    
28 43  Stefano Valtulini  Mahindra 23 38'27.365 1'04.040 23.679    
29 3  Fabio Spiranelli  Mahindra 23 38'27.383 1'04.058 0.018    
30 77  Lorenzo Petrarca  Mahindra 23 38'27.838 1'04.513 0.455    
  9  Jorge Navarro  Honda 18 29'18.573 5 Laps 5 Laps Accident  
  19  Gabriel Rodrigo  KTM 14 22'51.805 9 Laps 4 Laps Accident  
  53  Marco Bezzecchi  Mahindra 5 8'21.411 18 Laps 9 Laps Accident  
  24  Tatsuki Suzuki  Mahindra 5 8'22.188 18 Laps 0.777 Accident
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About this article

Series Moto3
Event Spielberg
Location Red Bull Ring
Drivers Enea Bastianini , Brad Binder , Joan Mir
Teams Leopard Racing
Author David Gruz
Article type Race report